"Gangs of Killer Whales Shaking Down Fishing Ships" Topic
All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.
For more information, see the TMP FAQ.
Back to the Science Plus Board
24 Jun 2017 11:54 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill
- Changed title from "Gangs of Killer Whales Shaking Down Fisihing Ships" to "Gangs of Killer Whales Shaking Down Fishing Ships"
|Martin from Canada||24 Jun 2017 4:39 a.m. PST|
The orcas will wait all day for a fisher to accumulate a catch of halibut, and then deftly rob them blind. They will relentlessly stalk individual fishing boats, sometimes forcing them back into port.
Most chilling of all, this is new: After decades of relatively peaceful coexistence with cod and halibut fishers off the coast of Alaska, the region's orcas appear to be turning on them in greater numbers.
"We've been chased out of the Bering Sea," said Paul Clampitt, Washington State-based co-owner of the F/V Augustine.
Like many boats, the Augustine has tried electronic noisemakers to ward off the animals, but the orcas simply got used to them.
"It became a dinner bell," said Clampitt.
John McHenry, owner of the F/V Seymour, described orca pods near Alaska's Aleutian Islands as being like a "motorcycle gang."
|Winston Smith ||24 Jun 2017 6:17 a.m. PST|
That's a nice boat you got there. Shame if something happened to it.
|JSchutt||24 Jun 2017 6:32 a.m. PST|
They are not called "Killer Whales" because they are friendly. If killing for fun, stalking and strong armed robbery are signs of sentience…we have competition.
|Nick Bowler||24 Jun 2017 7:43 a.m. PST|
|jdpintex||24 Jun 2017 7:58 a.m. PST|
|zoneofcontrol ||24 Jun 2017 10:38 a.m. PST|
Sounds like a case of Orca-nized crime.
Tonight you sleep with the fishes!
| Editor in Chief Bill ||24 Jun 2017 11:55 a.m. PST|
|altfritz||24 Jun 2017 12:15 p.m. PST|
|doug redshirt||24 Jun 2017 12:36 p.m. PST|
Geez our cats figured out a long time ago that it was easier for me to fill the food bowel then hunt. Now they can spend all day sleeping and then sleeping some more. Now Orcas have figured out that fishing boats do all the work for them and they can spend all day sleeping.
|Gunfreak ||24 Jun 2017 1:13 p.m. PST|
Orca approves this thread!
He to dreams about bullying fishing ships and eating lots of halibut.
| Cacique Caribe ||25 Jun 2017 10:33 a.m. PST|
Theyre just making humans pay for all the overfishing and climate change. :)
PS. Seriously though, there's a lot of behavior and human interaction with large sea animals that has only recently been noticed and publicized: